By Mark Kenyon

Happy Friday Nation! Can you feel it? Hunting season is steadily getting closer, and at least for me, that’s sending me into a bit of a tizzy. As much as I try to get my stands set and scouting done early, I always still end up with work left to do in the summer. This year I’m trying to at least have everything done earlier in the summer than last year, so that’s got me working through a hefty to-do list this weekend and for the next few weeks in June. That said, don’t think I’m complaining! All this work is a labor of love, as it will hopefully lead to some great hunts this fall.

If you’re like me and are busy in the woods this weekend, I’d encourage you to take at least one small break, grab a cold beverage and read up on whitetails for a few minutes. If you decide to do so, we’ve got just the reading for you below! Check out the following great whitetail blog posts from across the web. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Hunting Access: Is Leasing Killing Deer Hunting? – Brow Tines & Backstrap: Tony Hansen examines the ever growing problem of hunter acccess, and how leasing and land ownership may be impacting it.

Predicting Antler Growth With A Rain Gauge – Growing Deer TV: Dr. Grant Woods discusses the relationship that early spring rains have with antler growth.

Whitetail Deer: It’s Fawning Time – Big Buck Zone: Fawns are starting to be seen, and Craig Dougherty fills us in on a few interesting details to keep an eye out for this summer.

Create the Ultimate Food Plot: Plant Chestnut Trees – Whitetail 365: If you’re looking to improve the food sources on your property, don’t think that food plots are the only one. In this article, new hybrid blight free Dunstan Chestnut trees are offered up as a great alternate option to plant for whitetails as well.

QDM vs. Trophy and Traditional Deer Management – Many folks like to say quality deer management is just about shooting big antlered bucks, but this is a common misconception in which QDM is believed to be the say as TDM or Trophy Deer Management. In this article, traditional deer management, quality deer management and trophy deer management are compared and contrasted.

4 Tips for Bowhunting From Ladder Stands – Brow Tines & Backstrap: If you’re a ladder stand kind of person, this is a great article for you! It includes four helpful tips for ladder stand hunters from my friend Will Brantley.